Enraged shopper claims Australia is becoming a ‘police state’ after being stopped from entering a store for refusing to use hand sanitizer
- The man claims that he was denied access to an Asics store because he had not disinfected his hands
- Sign outside the Sydney store indicates hand sanitization is a prerequisite for entry
- The man took to Facebook to talk about a “ludicrous” incident that divided opinion
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An enraged customer has claimed that he was denied entry to a popular sportswear store for refusing to use hand sanitizer upon entry.
Opinions are divided on the man’s allegations of the incident at the Asics outlet at Birkenhead Point in Drummoyne in northwest Sydney.
Retailers who are allowed to remain open during the ongoing coronavirus crisis have imposed tighter security measures to protect customers and staff, including guidelines for social distance, reduced in-store capacity, surface disinfection and cashless payment systems.
The furious shopper posted his story to the Facebook page on Tuesday to express his anger at the ‘absolutely ridiculous’ incident.
A man took to Facebook claiming that he was denied access to this Asics store (photo) at Birkenhead Point Drummoyne for refusing to use their hand sanitizer upon entry
The post features photos of the store entrance, where a sign clearly states the conditions of entry, including sanitizing and washing hands.
“I had a conversation with the store manager in the store who said ‘my hands are tied, it’s a prerequisite for entry,'” the man posted.
“We were less than three feet apart during the conversation.”
“I understand it’s not the employee’s fault, but come on … slowly turning into a police state.
“I suspect subsequent companies will need proof of the Covid-19 app or your name, address and phone number before they arrive, such as in NZ. No, thank you!’
The Facebook post was inundated with more than 1000 comments that created a division.
Some supported the man’s decision.
“Good for you not to stick to it. Non-compliance is the only way. There are so many studies into the importance of the microbiome and health, and that nonsense destroys our first line of defense and our degraded biological environment is why Covid-19 is a problem for some, ”one woman noted.
Another said, “Take things elsewhere. All of these big organizations where we also leave our hard-earned $$ are all part of this pandemic. Support the small business owner. ‘
But the man also stopped reluctantly because he did not follow the simple instruction.
“Just clean your hands instead of wasting time on workers,” one person noted.
Another added, “If that’s your attitude, stay home, I wouldn’t want you in the same shop as my family.”
The customer added in the comments that he had an extensive and civil conversation with the staff.
“No aggression and hinted in the above message that it is an exaggerated response and that Australia may be following NZ’s approach,” he wrote.
“Honestly, the conversation took a while, but there isn’t enough space to write it all here, which is why I posted like I did so people can wonder what’s going on.”
A sign at the entrance of the store (photo) clearly indicates that shoppers should disinfect their hands or wash their hands when entering the property
Some pointed out that the rules were much stricter in many other countries.
“It’s worse in South Africa, they’ve made face masks mandatory and it bloody irritates me. I keep fighting manager every day in all stores, “one person wrote.
Another said: “In Romania, guards measure people’s body temperature at the entrance to the supermarkets.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the customer and Asics for comment.
The Birkenhead Point outlet is one of seven Asics stores across Australia that remained open during the pandemic.